Tucson Festival of Books

Misa Sugiura (she/her/hers)


Misa Sugiura's ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai and a stowaway. She is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels: the AALA Award-winning "It's Not Like It's a Secret," NYPL Best Book "This Time Will Be Different" and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard book "Love & Other Natural Disasters." Her middle-grade fantasy novels, "Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind" and its sequel, "Momo Arashima Breaks the Mirror of the Sun," were inspired by the gods and monsters of her parents' home country, Japan. Sugiura herself was born and raised in Chicagoland but eventually found her way to her true home in Northern California, where she lives and writes under a giant oak tree with her husband, two sons and a cat named Mouse. You can find her online at MisaSugiura.com.

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Awards: Asian American Librarians Association Award for Literature

Communities: Asian American


Scheduled events:
Portals as Passageways to Life-Changing Adventures
A portal serves as a gateway, inviting characters to travel through time/space into a new fantasy world. Adventures in that world challenge characters to change their lives. The portals in these books lead to the Cree world of Misewa, Japanese mythical creatures, and an Arthurian adventure.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Callie C. Miller, David A. Robertson, Misa Sugiura
Moderator: Janelle Mathis
Middle Grade Carousel: Action and Adventure
Meet a bunch of authors in 60 minutes as they share their new books filled with action and adventure. Each author will be seated at a table to talk with a small group about their newest book. Every eight minutes the authors will rotate to a new table in our version of author speed-dating.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kenny Curtis, Sayantani DasGupta, P. Djèlí Clark, Jillian Hughes, Rajani LaRocca, Lisa McMann, Matt McMann, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Misa Sugiura, Judd Winick
Moderators: Magdalena Castillo-Cockrum, Caryl Crowell
Mythical Quests and Thrilling Adventures
Ordinary children engage in epic quests to solve problems in their communities through connections to tales deeply embedded in their cultures, including the Filipino spirit world, West African monsters and heroes, and Japanese Shinto mythology. Exciting adventures and superpowers collide with modern characters and real life. The popularity of global mythologies started with the Aru Shah fantasies by Roshani Chokshi, the first Rick Riordan Present series.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Roseanne A. Brown, Roshani Chokshi, Misa Sugiura
Moderator: Kait Waterhouse

Books:
Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind
Children
Random House Children's Books
February 2023
ISBN 9780593564066
384 pages
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Momo Arashima Breaks the Mirror of the Sun
Children
Random House Children's Books
February 2024
ISBN 9780593564103
368 pages
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